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Planning for Your Pet’s Care, Should the Worst Happen

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As pet owners we have all had, or currently have, that “once in a lifetime pet”; that special pet we will always remember as part of our family and as holders of our hearts. We dread that day we know will someday come, when they...

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New Database Allows Veterinarians and Pet Parents Alike to Search Clinical Studies

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Whether you're a veterinarian or a pet parent (or both), being up-to-date on clinical studies can be an invaluable resource in ensuringthe health and general well-being of animals in your care. The American Veterinary Medical Assocation...

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Hand Sanitizers

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“These products are very effective in killing viruses and bacteria because they have a large amount of isopropyl alcohol, which is an antiseptic,” says Flansburg-Cruz. But what’s good for keeping away germs is bad for your...

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Deodorants

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Many deodorant brands contain aluminum, which can be toxic to pets, says Flansburg-Cruz. “If a curious pet ingests a small amount of deodorant or if, for some reason, she has skin contact with the product and then licks it off, she may...

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Nail Polish Remover

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Another reason not to paint your dog’s nails: many nail polish removers contain acetone. Acetone is a volatile ingredient that could cause skin, mucous membrane and lung problems in your pet, says Kraemer.

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Nail Polish

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Some nail polishes contain toluene and formaldehyde, ingredients that can upset your pets’ tummies. “For this reason it is not advisable to paint your pet’s nails,” says Flansburg-Cruz.

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Mouthwash

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Many mouthwashes (and sugar free gums, candies, cough syrups and breath mints) contain a sugar substitute called xylitol. It’s completely safe for humans, but it’s extremely toxic for dogs, says Flansburg-Cruz. “Small amounts...

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Hair Growth Products

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Minoxidil, found in many hair growth products, can cause severe cardiac issues—including heart failure and death—if ingested, says Barrack. Keep these sealed and out of reach of pets.

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Essential Oils

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Thanks to its antiseptic properties, tea tree oil is a popular ingredient in many beauty products. But be careful using it around your pets. “As little as seven drops of oil have caused poisoning,” says Flansburg-Cruz. Poisoned animals...

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Hair Mousse

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Hair mousse contains ingredients like acetic acid, aluminum sulfate, hydrochloric acid, and sulfuric acid. These can cause tissue damage if ingested or absorbed through your animal’s skin, says Kraemer. Signs of intoxication include skin...

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Steroid Creams

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Topical creams designed to help relieve itchy skin can harm your pets if they’re ingested or large amounts are absorbed through the animal’s skin over a prolonged period of time. This can result in endocrine disorders, says Barrack....

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Nail Glue

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Most fake nail glues contain polyurethane, says Flansburg-Cruz. If ingested, your pet may experience vomiting, stomach pain, and lack of appetite and energy. It could take anywhere from 15 minutes to 20 hours for your pet to show signs of toxicity....

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Toothpaste

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Most toothpaste contains sodium fluoride, which is excellent at protecting human teeth but can be toxic to pets. “You should never use a human toothpaste to brush your dog’s teeth,” says Flansburg-Cruz. Because dogs swallow...

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Muscle Creams

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Salicylates are an anti-inflammatory ingredient found in creams and rubs designed to help with muscle soreness. They can be toxic to pets, says Barrack, and could result in gastrointestinal ulcers if ingested in large amounts. Bring your pet...

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Shampoos

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Don’t use human shampoo on your pet, warns Dr. R.J. Kraemer, who owns Vet4HealthyPet Advanced Medical Care in Orange, Calif. These can dry out your furry friend’s skin at best. At worst, the shampoos may contain harmful non-ionic...

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Makeup Sponges

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Because of its round shape, pets may think your foundation-covered sponge is a toy. If accidentally ingested, makeup applicators could cause a gastrointestinal obstruction, which may require surgery. If your makeup sponge turns up missing, monitor...

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Sunscreen

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Some sunscreens contain zinc oxide, which can irritate a dog’s gastrointestinal tract if ingested. In most cases, dogs will intermittently vomit for a few hours after ingestion and then return to normal, but bring your pup to the vet if...

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Razors, Scissors and Tweezers

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“These sharp tools can result in painful cuts or punctures,” says Dr. Rachel Barrack of New York City’s Animal Acupuncture. Store them safely out of your pet’s reach.

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Curling Irons and Hair Straighteners

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Curling irons and hair straighteners can reach temperatures of over 400 degrees. Keep hot irons away from pets, and make sure you unplug them when not in use, says Dr. Barrack.

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Body Soaps

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“Many popular body soaps contain non-ionic and anionic detergents, which may be toxic for pets,” says Dr. Stephanie Flansburg-Cruz, a licensed veterinarian practicing in Mexico. These detergents can cause eye irritations and stomach...

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19 Beauty Products That Could Harm Your Pet

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By Helen Anne Travis From tweezers to toothpastes, hand sanitizers to hairspray, the products we use everyday to primp and preen could prove harmful to our pets. Here are 21 beauty products to store well out of your cat or dog’s...

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Rescue Shelter Uses Pokémon GO To Promote Exercise and Adoption For Dogs

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In response to the gaming phenomenon known asPokémon GO, we asked veterinarians if it was safe to play the game while your dog is by your side for a walk. The general consensus was that pet parents could be distracted while they play,...

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No Report Card

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When it’s time to check out, you should expect to hear about how your pet did—after all, your pup can’t quite fill you in on the ride home. “Minimally, they should be able to provide you with a verbal report of how...

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Inadequate Outdoor Areas

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Simply having access to the outdoors isn’t enough. Make sure the area is clean, that dogs have access to shade and water, and that there is a high, double-fence system to prevent any escapes. That said, pet parents have to do their...

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